John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the “gray zone” – defined as predominately Christan places where Muslims have rejected the “us versus them” mentality of the Islamic State – and how these moderate Muslims are trapped between their increasingly hostile countrymen and the terrorism of ISIS that is designed to push everyone toward radicalism.
Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, discusses his TomDispatch article “America’s New Vietnam in the Middle East: A Civil War Story About the Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement.”
Daniel Davis, a retired Lt. Col. in the US Army, discusses his firsthand account of why the 2009 “surge” in Afghanistan was a failure, and why throwing more US troops at it now isn’t going to help either.
Jeff Stein, a columnist for Newsweek, discusses why Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may disappoint his supporters on foreign policy issues.
Dan Wright, a longtime blogger and writer for Shadowproof.com, discusses why the US Congress lifted a ban on funding Ukraine’s neo-Nazis, and how their nonstop warmongering could start an apocalyptic nuclear war with Russia.
Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses Hillary Clinton’s apologists and their five lamest excuses for her vote to invade Iraq – the most disastrous foreign policy decision in decades.
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, discusses her article “Armed Drones and the Influence of Big Business on Police Surveillance Technology.”
David Kattenburg, a Winnipeg-based radio/web broadcaster and science educator, discusses “Israel’s lawyer” Dennis Ross’s November 2015 lecture at a Winnipeg Jewish Community Centre, where he talked up his new book and dismissed any notion of Israeli apartheid, ignored the occupation, and claimed a two-state solution is still viable.
Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses her article “Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians with US Bombs;” and how the US is guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes.
Daniel Larison, a senior editor at The American Conservative, discusses his article “The War on ISIS Expands to Libya.“
Philip Weiss, founder of Mondoweiss.net, discusses his January 2016 tour of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories; why they will never be torn down; and why the two-state solution is nothing but rhetoric.
David Krajicek, a contributing editor of The Crime Report and co-editor of Crime & Justice News, discusses his article “America’s Guilt Mill” about the thousands of innocent Americans wrongfully convicted of “lesser” crimes, and why groups like the Innocence Project don’t help them get exonerated.
David Mizner, a novelist and freelance journalist who writes about US foreign policy, discusses his article “The Effort To Exonerate Team USA for the Rise of ISIS.”
David Vine, associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C., discusses how the US’s “empire of bases,” spread across at least 147 countries, are being used by special operations forces to enforce and maintain hegemony across the Middle East and Africa.